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Barbara Viera L.

Head Volleyball Coach



Background Information

Employment History

Volleyball Coach and AVCA Member

University of Delaware

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

University of Delaware

UD Volleyball Head Coach

University of Delaware


Board Member
American Volleyball Coaches Association

Board Member
USA Volleyball

Member, USA Volleyball Committees
Educational Foundation


bachelor's degree

University of Massachusetts

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American Volleyball Coaches Association

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Barbara Viera American Volleyball Coaches Association

Hall of Fame - Barbara Viera
Barbara Viera, a 2002 AVCA Excellence in Education award recipient, served as the head volleyball coach at Delaware for 27 years. Viera retired on Feb. 15, 2000, to concentrate on her teaching duties with a 682-429 overall record. Over the years, she chaired the AVCA Education and Publications Committee, served on the AVCA Board of Directors and helped to generate articles for Coaching Volleyball. Viera also served on three USA Volleyball committees and wrote two books during her tenure at Delaware.

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Welcome to AVCA - the American Volleyball Coaches Association

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Barb Viera Selected 2002 AVCA Excellence in Education Award Recipient

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Barb Viera, the former women's volleyball coach at the University of Delaware, has been named the 2002 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Excellence in Education Award recipient.
The AVCA Excellence in Education Award honors AVCA members who have made outstanding on-going educational contributions to the volleyball community over a number of years.Those nominated must demonstrate notable effort in at least five of the following roles: as a presenter at national conferences and conventions; must be a clinician in the sport of volleyball locally, regionally, nationally or internationally; must be an avid promoter of volleyball, furthering the understanding and involvement in the sport; must be an instructor of volleyball in the classroom, on-court and/or in camps; must be a director of developmental camps or programs increasing participation, knowledge and skills in the sport; must be a researcher in volleyball or related areas with findings presented and published; must be an innovator developing teaching aids and tools for volleyball; must be an editor or editorial board member for volleyball publications; must author articles, books, videos or electronic information; and must be an author of a manual for training or certification.
Viera has put in countless hours educating not only her student-athletes on the volleyball court, but also forwarding knowledge to her coaching colleagues through publications and presentations.She has served tenures as chairperson of the AVCA Education and Publication committee as well as filling a role on the AVCA Board of Directors.She has played a key role in generating articles for Coaching Volleyball, the official AVCA journal.Viera has served on three USA Volleyball committees including the Educational Foundation, Member Relations and Human Resources committees.She wrote two books while a professor at UD.
"Barb's long career in volleyball is legendary," AVCA President Stephanie Schleuder said.
Viera served as Delaware's head women's volleyball for 27 years prior to retiring as a full professor on Feb. 15, 2000.She completed her Blue Hen coaching tenure with a 682-429 record and post-season national tournament appearances.Her contributions to volleyball at Delaware and across the country have netted two major items named in her honor.The University of Delaware's volleyball playing facility is named the Barb Viera Court, while the East Coast Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships trophy for the 18-and-under division holds her name.
Among her many honors, Viera was chosen as the 1999 Patti Snyder-Park Award recipient.The award is presented to individuals from the college coaching community who have contributed to the growth and development of junior volleyball.Viera also was presented the 1991 National Girls and Women in Sport's Pathfinder Award, which is given to NAGWS members who have provided significant leadership in the creation and promotion of opportunities for girls and women in sport.The Delaware High School Coaches and Officials named its Annual Sportsmanship Award in Viera's honor.
Viera earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1963, followed by her master's from Springfield College.She added classes toward her doctoral degree from Springfield.
The AVCA Excellence in Education Award was presented to Viera at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year Banquet, held Dec. 19 in conjunction with the 2002 AVCA Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame | Inductees | 2004

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Barbara L. Viera Barbara L. Viera's 27 year tenure as head women's volleyball coach at the University of Delaware is the longest in Blue Hen women's athletic history.

Viera led teams to four post season national tournaments, twice to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and twice to the National Invitational Volleyball Championships. Her 1979 team won the Eastern AIAW title with a 35-18 record and set a record, 38 wins, while placing third in 1980. Since 1982, her teams posted a combined conference record of 99-47 (.678), including a 19 game win streak. Her teams never finished lower than 4th in the standings, qualifying for post-season play every year of her career. Viera was named "Coach of the Year" four times, 1986 in the ECC, 1992,94,96 in America East. She coached at the international level and took her teams to compete in Barbados, St. Lucia, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina and Mexico. She was competition assistant at the 1996 Olympics Games. Viera authored two books and published over 30 articles. She received the Herm Reitzes Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2003. The volleyball court at Bob Carpenter Center is named after her as is the East Coast Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships. She was inducted in the U of D Hall of Fame and the American Volleyball Coaches Association HOF in 2003, Delaware Volleyball Coaches Association HOF in 2002, and the Westport High School, MA HOF in 1989.

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The club was originally founded by University of Delaware Volleyball Coach and AVCA member Barbara Viera.

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